From July 16th to 23rd, 2023, LEDECO Centre Swiss (LEDECO), in collaboration with the Southeast University of China (SEU) organized a study tour titled “In-depth Practices in International Organizations in Europe”. 24 students from various majors and grades at SEU participated in the study tour. Prof. Gu Xin, Deputy Director of the Student Affairs Office and Director of the Career Center of SEU, Ms. Wang Lingyan, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice Dean of the School of Civil Engineering of SEU, and Ms. Gu Qingyao from the Career Center of SEU led the students to the international organizations. Prof. Lu Xiankun, Managing Director of LEDECO, guided the delegation throughout the whole study tour.


During the study tour, the delegation visited 9 international organizations and the Permanent Mission of China to the WTO. These international organizations include the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the World Bank in Geneva, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Ambassador Zhang Xiangchen, Deputy Director General of WTO; Niall Meagher, Executive Director of ACWL; Maria Dimitriadou, Special Representative of the World Bank to the WTO and the United Nations; and Ma Lianfei, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of China to the WTO, delivered on-site lectures to the delegation in person. The students listened attentively and asked questions actively, learning about the history and functions of the above international organizations, the opportunities and challenges they are facing, and the role China plays. They also gained a comprehensive understanding of the internship and job opportunities and related requirements of these international organizations.


In addition, the students visited Domaine des Ménades in Geneva during the weekend to learn about WTO rules on agricultural subsidies and Swiss agricultural subsidy policy.


Annex: Program

July 15                                                                                                                                          Geneva
  Arrive in Geneva
July 16                                                                                                                                           Geneva
17:30-18:30 Visit Domaine des Ménades
18:30/19:00 Welcome dinner
July 17                                                                                                                                         Geneva

International Standard Organization, ISO

Topic: International Organization for Standardization and International Industry Standards

Anna Gallet, Project Manager of Education


International Trade Center (ITC)

Topic: International Trade Center and Chinese Companies

Qin Xuan, Professional Officer

July 18                                                                                                                                         Geneva

World Trade Organization (WTO)

9:30 Ambassador Zhang Xiangchen, Deputy Director-General of the WTO


Topic: WTO and Industrial Development

Wang Zheng, Counsellor, Trade Policy Review Department, WTO


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Topic: UNCTAD and International Investment Agreements

Lecturer: Teng Yihua, Economic Affairs Officer

July 19                                                                                                                                         Geneva

Advisory Centre on World Trade Organization Law (ACWL)

Topic: ACWL and its Role, the WTO Appellate Body Crisis and the Role of China

Lecturer: Niall Meagher, Executive Director, ACWL


International Labor Organization (ILO)

Topic: The ILO and its role in protecting industrial workers

Speakers: Remo Becci, Director, ILO Archives; Zhu Changyou, Labor Verification Specialist

July 20                                                                                                                                         Geneva

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Topic: International humanitarian assistance and the role of IFRC

Lecturer: Yasmin Jamshedzoda, Officer, Visitor Services and Library Support, Library and Archives Unit

  Lunch at IFRC

World Bank Representative Office in Geneva

Topic: International industrial development and the role of the World Bank

Lecturer: Maria Dimitriadou, Special Representative of the World Bank to the WTO and the United Nations

July 21                                                                                                                                         Geneva
10:30-11:30 The Permanent Mission of China to the WTO

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Topic: How IP Protection Contributes to Industrial Development and the Role of WIPO

Lecturer: Mohsin ALI (WIPO Official)

18:00 Farewell dinner
July 22                                                                                                                                         Geneva
  Sightseeing in Geneva
July 23                                                                                                                               Geneva/Shanghai
  Leave Geneva